If you live in a flood prone zone you may be able to protect some of
your large home items such as freezers, refrigerators and furniture.
We take many precautions to protect ourselves from floods such as
sandbags but you may not have seen this method yet. This is a tip that could possibly help you prevent
damage if the water comes up a few feet in your home.
Put your appliance in a plastic bag!
Let's say we're going to protect the refrigerator.
Unplug the refrigerator or any appliance that you want to protect that
has power going to it.
MUST NOT plug any appliance back in once it is wrapped or you
could start a fire!!
Purchase some heavy plastic in a roll. It should be at least 12'
wide and thick (heavy duty). The higher you want to protect the wider
the plastic should be. Cut off a piece the same length as the plastic
is wide so you have a square piece of plastic. You'll also need some
duct or strapping tape or rope.
Pull the appliance out where you can work around it a little.
Picture wrapping a birthday present... paper lain out and box in the
Fold the plastic in half and mark it with a marker, this gives you the center point.
Unfold it then roll one
half of the plastic up to the mark and place the rolled end next to
one side of the refrigerator on the floor. Be sure it's
someone tilt the refrigerator enough to slide the roll halfway under
let the appliance down. Tilt it the opposite way and roll out the
remainder of the plastic.
the plastic up around the sides, now you've formed a bag. Secure the
plastic to the sides of the appliance with tape or rope.
You don't want to move the appliance around because you might tear
the plastic. You could use small rugs or pot holders or folded towels
under the feet of the appliance in case you need to move it. To do
this tilt the appliance as you did before and place the rug or
potholders right under each foot. It should slide around fairly easy.
If you can get some plastic pallet covers just flip them upside
down and use those.
You could also do other appliances that won't float easily. There
is no guarantee that this will work, you're on your own on this.